The past few weeks have shown huge impact of the National Centre and its members’ work, not just throughout the UK, but in our concerted efforts to help boost the Scottish economy.

On 25 May, the National Centre launched ‘The Step Change: Business-University Collaboration powering Scottish Innovation’ which sets out a clear roadmap on how Scotland can maximize the benefits from stronger collaboration between universities and business.

The report calls for an urgent step-change in the business uptake of innovation and it was very positive to see Deputy First Minister John Swinney welcoming the recommendations, at our launch event.

This important work is continuing, with key National Centre spokespeople at the helm. The Scottish Funding Council recently appointed National Centre Strategic Advisor, Professor Graeme Reid, to lead an independent review of high profile Innovation Centres in Scotland.

These Centres are supported by the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise and have a central role in Scotland’s innovation agenda.  Speaking in the Scottish Parliament recently, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“Innovation is crucial to improving productivity – that’s why we are investing £120 million in new innovation centres to bring businesses and academics together to develop new ideas and products in some of the key growth sectors of the future. We will continue and expand that approach.”

The Scottish Funding Council is now seeking contributions of evidence to Professor Reid’s review.  The results of the National Centre’s Growing Value Scotland Task Force reports will be submitted to the review and Dr Elspeth Elliot, co-author of these reports, gave a presentation to the review team in May.

Businesses, universities and others wishing to contribute further evidence can do so at the following link: http://www.sfc.ac.uk/Priorities/Innovation/IndependentICReview/ICReviewForm.aspx

The deadline for responses in 20 June 2016.